Audit award for Grant Thornton
Grant Thornton’s Birmingham-based government audit team has won a prestigious award from the Audit Commission.
Led by partner Jon Roberts and associate director Morag Miller, the Grant Thornton team has won the Cooksey Award for its review of governance arrangements of Walsall Community Health, the community services provider arm of Walsall Primary Care Trust.
Named after one of the first two chairmen of the Audit Commission, the Cooksey Award is given annually for the most valuable contribution to assurance or financial audit.
The judging criteria include originality and innovation, technical approach, impact, transferability and risk tailoring.
Mr Roberts said: “Grant Thornton’s work with Walsall Community Health spanned several business streams and offices, putting the right people together with the right client discipline, a central tenet of Grant Thornton’s ‘one firm’ approach.
“The team was particularly commended by the Audit Commission for its focus on risk and transferability of the work undertaken.”
Grant Thornton’s review involved assisting Walsall Community Health to develop its governance arrangements under the requirements of the Transforming Community Services (TCS) programme.
Mr Roberts said: “Under TCS, provider arms have needed to move to a new concept of being at ‘arms length’ within a Primary Care Trust structure.
“Grant Thornton’s work with Walsall is wholly transferable, not only to other provider arms, operating now at ‘arms length’ from their host PCT but also in providing the host PCT with the assurance that the provider arm is well governed.
“Effective governance of these organisations will be particularly important in the coming months as services are reconfigured under the TCS agenda, whether through vertical integration within acute and mental health trusts or through alternative structures such as combinations with local authorities or mergers with other provider arms.”